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Yoga Sutra 1.41: Mind becomes clear, like a transparent crystal

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.41: Mind becomes clear, like a transparent crystal http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-14051.htm#1.41 (Useful graphics are shown at
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      Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.41:
      Mind becomes clear, like a transparent crystal
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-14051.htm#1.41
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      YOGA SUTRA 1.41: When the modifications of mind have become weakened,
      the mind becomes like a transparent crystal, and thus can easily take
      on the qualities of whatever object observed, whether that object be
      the observer, the means of observing, or an object observed, in a
      process of engrossment called samapattih.
      (kshinna-vritti abhijatasya iva maneh grahitri grahana grahyeshu tat-
      stha tat-anjanata samapattih)

      KSHINNA-VRITTI = with modifications of mind weakened (kshinna =
      weakened; vritti = modifications of mind)
      ABHIJATASYA = transparent, purified
      IVA = like
      MANEH = of a crystal
      GRAHITRI = the knower, apprehender, observer
      GRAHANA = process of knowing or apprehending, instrument of knowing
      GRAHYESHU = the knowable, knowledge, apprehended objects
      TAT-STHA = remaining in it, being stable on them, on which it stays
      or rests
      TAT-ANJANATA = taking on the coloring of that, coalescing with,
      appearing to take the shape of the object
      SAMAPATTIH = engrossment, coincidence, complete absorption, transmute
      into likeness, total balance

      WHAT IS SAMATTIH OR ENGROSSMENT: Four categories of meditation were
      mentioned in sutra 1.17 (savitarka, savichara, sananda, and sasmita).
      When the mind becomes concentrated and the extraneous thought
      patterns begin to subside (as a result of the persistent practice of
      one-pointed meditation), the mind can then be not only concentrated,
      but also more thoroughly engrossed in the object of meditation. It is
      a sort of inner expansion of attention on the object of meditation,
      and that engrossment is called samapattih.

      A MIND LIKE A CRYSTAL IS A TOOL: Just like the last sutra, this too
      is a sign of a trained mind. When the mind is like a crystal, it has
      no coloring of its own. It means that when you place your attention
      on some inner object, such as a samskara or deep habit pattern, your
      mind field is able to fill with awareness of that object. Having the
      mind be like a crystal is not the end unto itself, but allows the
      mind to become a still subtler tool.

      When you put the focus of the crystal like mind on an object, then
      there comes the insight, the awareness of its true nature as being
      just another manifestation of prakriti (primal matter). This opens
      the door to true non-attachment (1.15-1.16) to that object, as the
      coloring (klishta, 1.5, 2.3) falls away. Having the mind as clear as
      crystal makes the mind a tool for the subtler process (3.4-3.6) that
      removes the barriers or obstacles clouding the true Self, which then
      stands alone in its true nature (1.4).

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